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The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again
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How can you energize yourself to maintain or regain a positive outlook and love of teaching? What specific, immediate actions can you take to enhance your well-being and thrive both on and off the job?
Award-winning teacher Chase Mielke draws from his own research, lesson plans, and experiences with burnout to help you change your outlook, strengthen your determination to be a terrific teacher, and reignite your core passion for teaching.
Often lighthearted, yet thoroughly grounded in research on social-emotional learning and positive psychology, The Burnout Cure explains how shifts in awareness, attitudes, and actions can be transformational for you and for your students. The book describes specific steps related to mindfulness, empathy, gratitude, and altruism that you can use on your own and with students via classroom lessons and activities. Equipped with these tools, teachers can be their best, so they can give their best to the learners in their care.
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About the Author
Chase Mielke is a writer, speaker, and award-winning high school teacher. He holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and runs www.affectiveliving.com, a blog dedicated to helping educators better understand and teach social-emotional learning. Mielke's work has been featured on CNN and on these websites: We Are Teachers, Edutopia, HuffPost, and Cult of Pedagogy. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his wife, Ashlee, and son, Maddox. Mielke may be contacted via AffectiveLiving.com/contact.
- Publisher : ASCD (March 19, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 230 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416627251
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416627258
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #334,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Mark Mezel on January 1, 2021
I had to read this book as a required reading for a course about Learning to Love Teaching Again. After teaching 21 Kindergarteners remotely until February and then switching to then hybrid, where they were in person and on the computer simultaneously for the remainder of the year…needless to say I was feeling desperate. However, I really had little to no expectations of this book helping or even enjoying it.
The Burnout Cure turned out to be exactly what I needed after a year of uncertainty, frustration and self-doubt that came with teaching Kindergarten during a pandemic. I read the entire thing cover to cover (only getting up to walk our retired greyhound, Ben) over the course of a few hours!
This book resonated things within me that I had known deep down, but brought them to light again! Some references too me back to a positive psychology class I took in college, and it made me oddly nostalgic to see Ed Diener’s work referenced multiple times. He was one of my professors who I still admire, so many years later.
Anyways, I digress, this was my 12th year teaching (3 years in 4th grade, and 9 years in Kindergarten), and it was like nothing I’ve experienced before. I’m sure any teacher who taught this past school
year can relate. It felt like we were “building the plane while trying to fly it” all at the same time. Trying to completely revamp everything you used to do in the classroom, to make it work over the computer, was far more taxing than anything I have ever experienced (and hopefully it stays that way).
So I really started feeling like my love for teaching was perhaps gone forever after this year. Even though my students astonished me with their adaptability and perseverance, I felt like I had nothing left to give and nobody even cared.
However, I now feel inspired, motivated and hopeful not only about teaching in the fall but this inspiration spreading to other areas of my life!
Thank you Chase for creating this book. I’m sure this was a giant leap of faith for you to put yourself out there as an author and it truly paid off. I’m positive that you made many sacrifices along the way for this book and I am very grateful for all of your time, effort and perseverance needed to write, edit and publish this! Thank you for your encouraging words rooted in research (although it was so well written, it didn’t feel “academic”)!
This is only the second book from all of my undergraduate and two masters degrees that I will happily choose to reread again! I will also be recommending this to other friends and colleagues!
By Alex Stacy on November 11, 2019